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What is a vector image?
Vector illustrations also give you the freedom to use the image however you choose. The shapes and objects plotted in a vector can be easily manipulated, colored, and resized without any loss of quality. Let’s say you download a set of red icons, but you really need them to be orange. With a vector illustration, you can easily select the icon and change its color. If you tried to do the same thing with a raster image, it would be difficult to isolate the color you wanted to replace without things looking a bit fuzzy.
Vector illustrations are known as “resolution‑independent”, which means you can scale them to any size without affecting the image quality. Whether you’re putting it on a business card or a billboard, vector graphics will remain sharp and crisp at any size.
Is an EPS a Vector File?
How to open an EPS file
- Adobe Illustrator®
- Adobe InDesign®
- Affinity Designer
- Inkscape (free)
- GIMP (free)
If you don’t have access to one of these programs, you won’t be able to easily manipulate elements of the illustration or resize it without affecting the image quality.
In many cases, rather than downloading an EPS file, you can get a “flat version” of the illustration in a JPEG format that turns the illustration into a pixel‑based image that you can open with any program that lets you open or edit photos.
If you only need to view an EPS file, you can use Adobe Acrobat or Preview on an Apple device, but you won’t be able to edit the image.
What is an EPS file used for?
In the world of vector illustrations, the EPS file format is best for high‑quality document printing and marketing materials. If you wanted to use the same image on your business card (small print) and a marketing poster (large print), an EPS file can be resized and altered for both uses while appearing just as clear and crisp as the original.
What should I use an EPS file for?
- Advertising campaigns and billboards
- Band illustrations and t‑shirt designs
- Brand collateral like logos and signage
- Event promotions and flyers
- Hard copy printing (clothing, paper, etc.)
- Magazine covers
- PowerPoint presentations
- Products and merchandise
How can I edit and convert an EPS file?